Panther Portrait: African Night – This Is New Africa

LEZIGA BARIKOR, Campus Life Editor | [email protected]

The UNI African Union (AU) held their annual African Night on Saturday, April 7. The event started with a dinner held in the Maucker Union food court area, followed by a series of cultural showcases in Lang auditorium.

The emcee, Ebaby Kobby, danced his way on stage and kept the event flowing with commentary between each act. There was a brief introductory speech by the AU advisor, Belinda Creighton-Smith. She explained this year’s theme, “T.I.N.A.: This is New Africa,” as a positive international view of Africa through culture.

There were poetry readings from professor Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Leonard Tshitenge and others. The event also featured skits, the UNI West African Drum Ensemble, dancers, a fashion show and Shine P, a rap/hip hop artist, as their closing act.